When the Major League Soccer schedule was released in January, fans took to analyzing the Dynamo's matchups, both home and away. But it was the Dynamo's bye weekend that might prove to be the most valuable for the club.
Following Tuesday's 1-0 win over Santos Laguna in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, the Dynamo will have the weekend off before traveling to Mexico for the second leg.
Houston is not the only team in MLS with such an advantage. Both the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy, who are also competing in the CCL quartefinals, will have this coming weekend off from league play. It's another design by the executives at MLS to give their teams an advantage in the region's premier tournament.
On the flip side, schedule makers for LigaMX did not do Santos Laguna any favors. Santos played last Friday night against Jaguares de Chiapas before Tuesday's first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium. Los Guerreros will host Atlante on Friday, March 9 before hosting the Dynamo in the second leg on Wednesday, March 13.
Will the Dynamo's off weekend give them a leg up in game two? Is Santos a deep enough team to overcome four games in 13 days? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.
Following Tuesday night's training session, Santos Laguna manager Pedro Caixinha and forward Herculez Gomez discussed the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with the Houston Dynamo.
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On last week's episode of Dynamo Weekly, CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar and Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis broke down Houston's upcoming series with Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Now that the Dynamo have completed their first mission - a 2-0 defeat of D.C. United in their MLS opener - they can now turn their attention to their second mission.
On Tuesday, Houston will play its first of two CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matches against Mexican club Santos Laguna. The two teams will square off at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday, before concluding the series at Estadio Corona in Torreon on Wednesday, March 14.
After a sluggish start to their LigaMX campaign, Santos has rebounded of late to the tune of back-to-back wins and a three-game unbeaten streak.
Los Guerreros followed up their win over second place Club America with a 3-1 win over Jaguares de Chiapas. U.S. men's national team striker Herculez Gomez scored two goals for Santos, while Mexican national team striker Oribe Peralta added a third. Peralta currently leads Santos with five goals on the season and is tied for third in LigaMX.
With the win, Santos improved to 4-3-2 and sits in sixth place in the league, only six points behind first place Tigres UANL. If the Dynamo advance past Santos in the two-game series, they will face the winner of the Tigres / Seattle Sounders quarterfinal series.
It's important to note that while the Dynamo have a bye from MLS play next weekend, Santos will host Atlante on Friday night.
Here is a list of their upcoming fixtures:
|Date / Time (CT)||Opponent||Location|
|Tuesday, March 5 - 7 pm||at Houston Dynamo||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Friday, March 8 - 9:30 pm||vs. Atlante||Estadio Corona|
|Wednesday, March 13 - 7 pm||vs. Houston Dynamo||Estadio Corona|